Technology

Morocco: Creating IT Opportunities For Self-Starting Youth | The Youth Cafe

Morocco: Creating IT Opportunities For Self-Starting Youth | The Youth Cafe

BY KACI RACELMA

Soufian El-Kherchi, an intern at Clean Rabat, a small organization in Morocco’s capital, spent most of his days giving information technology support and setting up its network.

Bustling with ideas and plans for the future, Mr. El-Kherchi, a computer science major, looked forward to formal employment after his internship. However, one day he got thinking about starting his own IT business.

Young Women Breaking Into The Male-Dominated ICT World | The Youth Cafe

Young Women Breaking Into The Male-Dominated ICT World | The Youth Cafe

One of Africa’s leading tech start-up spreads its wings

BY KWAMBOKA OYARO

It was a bright morning in March 2010, when a group of tech-savvy youths converged at a small hall in Nairobi to discuss innovation and technology. Four young women exchanged phone numbers, clearly excited by plans they shared that would put some of the novel ideas they discussed to good use.

Young African Women Turn To Coding | The Youth Cafe

Young African Women Turn To Coding | The Youth Cafe

Training more female techies could help close the gender gap in computing

BY FATIMATOU SENE

At Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Angela Koranteng was an accomplished student with a special dream. At a time when few women were breaking the gender barrier in male dominated studies, Ms. Koranteng had her heart set on health sciences—but instead of treating patients, she wanted to be an engineer and build hospitals.

Speech by H. E. Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor Commissioner, Human Resources, Science and Technology African Union Commission During Opening of the Arab and African Youth Platform | The Youth Cafe

Speech by H. E. Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor Commissioner, Human Resources, Science and Technology African Union Commission During  Opening of the Arab and African Youth Platform | The Youth Cafe

By Prof. Sarah Anyang

THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN AFRICA UNION’S AGENDA FOR 2019 AND OUR LONG TERM AGENDA 2063

Agenda 2063 is the Vision of an integrated, prosperous Africa, driven by its own competent and Skilled citizens able to play in the global arena and has 7 Aspirations. The African union is working towards empowering the role of youth at different arenas in the different departmental mandates. Aspiration six of Agenda 2063 is calling to “An Africa whose development is people driven, relying on the potential offered by people, especially its women and youth and caring for children”. The efforts to support youth empowerment is translated through different decisions in the commission.

Africa’s Megacities a Magnet for Investors | The Youth Cafe

Africa’s Megacities a Magnet for Investors | The Youth Cafe

BY FINBARR TOESLAND

Megacities, cities with a population of at least 10 million, are sprouting everywhere in Africa. Cairo in Egypt, Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Lagos in Nigeria are already megacities, while Luanda in Angola, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Johannesburg in South Africa will attain the status by 2030, according the United Nations. Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire and Nairobi in Kenya will surpass the 10 million threshold by 2040. And by 2050 Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Bamako in Mali, Dakar in Senegal and Ibadan and Kano in Nigeria will join the ranks—bringing the total number of megacities in Africa to 14 in about 30 years.

Technology is a Liberating Force for African Women | The Youth Cafe

Technology is a Liberating  Force for African Women | The Youth Cafe

BY CHARLES ONYANGO-OBBO

As ride-hailing apps proliferate the globe, the year-old An Nisa Taxi in Kenya is one of the standouts in Africa. Developed by 33-year-old Mehnaz Sarwar, An Nisa is run by women and serves female passengers and children exclusively. Ms. Sarwar sought to overcome two obstacles: limited job opportunities for women in a male-dominated industry and the reluctance of women to hail taxis, because physical abuse from drivers—including sexual abuse—is known to take place.